Hawaii volcano: Kilauea crater rocked by 5.5 magnitude quake

HOLLYN JOHNSON  Tribune-Herald Lava continues to fountain from fissure No. 8 Wednesday in Leilani Estates

HOLLYN JOHNSON Tribune-Herald Lava continues to fountain from fissure No. 8 Wednesday in Leilani Estates

More recently a huge river of lava that has crept several miles across the landscape to the eastern tip of the island has engulfed two entire seaside housing subdivisions, burying hundreds more homes there, while vaporizing a small freshwater lake and filling in an inlet called Kapoho Bay.

Roughly a mile of new land formed after lava from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano spilled into a nearby bay has some wondering who the new terrain belongs to.

That new land is owned by the state, but the peninsula won't look like the lush green farmland that dominates that region of the Big Island anytime soon.

Lava has since been pouring out of large fissures in the earth and down to the ocean. "There are flows on the Kona side of the island that are much older than some flows on east Hawaii, they are much older but they have far less vegetation and that's just a reflection of the difference in rainfall". "So, it's usually ohia and ferns that are the first pioneers of those new lava flows".

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The lava, which has covered more than 2023.47 hectares in this latest eruption, is not only expansive but very thick.

A report from the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory said lava "continues unabated" from Fissure 8, near the most populated area, with lava shooting as high as 200 feet.

Kim said Vacationland, a private development believed to comprise roughly 160 homes, was completely erased, and that at least 330 houses were devoured by lava at Kapoho Beach Lots. This is good news for the dozens of homeowners whose properties were wiped out.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, whose home was among those lost, said the increased toll makes the Kilauea eruption the most catastrophic event in the state's history.

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